Up and At It

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I spent yesterday sort of organizing my computer and my bookkeeping stuff. I always dread it so much, but then when I sit down to actually do it I get all ambitious, organizationally speaking: This is fine! Why don't I run these reports all the time? How come I don't use Quicken more? Right. It reminds me of that one time Andy Paulson mopped the hardwood floor of our apartment with Murphy's Oil Soap and, while mopping vigorously, had some sort of olfactory-inspired crazy-talk fit: "This is so easy!!! It smells so good! Why do we not do this all the time??? Yeah. I'm gonna do this, I'm gonna wash this floor every night when I get home from work! I will do that! I will do it!" Pan to me, falling off the couch laughing with my hands over my mouth. That was in 1996. He did very kindly wash the kitchen floor for me one other time, just the other day. I sat in a chair with a cat on my lap and said things like, "It's so weird, it doesn't seem like just yesterday when you said you were going to wash the floors every day. It seems more like it was . . . oh . . . sixteen years ago." But I totally get it, because every year when I am printing out year-end summaries and pretty pie charts of income and expenses I have the same sort of unlikely enthusiasm for keeping house, financially speaking. It lasts about as long as it takes to hurl it all toward the mailbox and get it out of here and off to our accountant. Bleh.

Do you like the sampler? It's about the winterwoods. I'm kind of infatuated with it. It's not quite done, but almost. There are a few little things left to do. I think maybe I'll just become an alphabet sampler designer now. I really love these. I drew all the letters freehand. I wanted them to look like letters you would carve into a tree trunk with a Swiss Army knife (not that I've ever done that [wink] ). This will definitely be a pattern. Trying to figure out whether I can also afford to make this into a kit. Counted cross-stitch supplies — the really good ones, which are what I used here: varigated hand-dyed embroidery floss, 28-count Danish linen — are expensive. I always think that if you're going to take the time you should use the best stuff. Well, we'll talk more about it. Still thinking. Please raise your hand if you like kits.

Are people afraid of counted cross-stitch? I keep hearing this. DON'T BE SCARED. OF COUNTED CROSS-STITCH. I will help you.


I almost hate to comment and ruin the perfect, even 400 number you have there. But oh my gosh, count me in for a kit! But if not a kit, a pattern would be almost as nice. :)

Jan Richards says: January 10, 2012 at 06:55 PM

I love counted cross stitch and would love to order a kit of this design. Great colors(as usual) and the designs are beautiful and so "you". Samplers are a great
thing to cross stitch. Happy Belated Birthday...your
cake looks too good to eat. Your photographly is lovely
to enjoy. May this year bring you both all you are wishing for and more.

I love it so much ... I knit, but counted cross-stitch is my first love!

I'm raising my hand! i'm waving! can you See Me?! Pleeeeese can you make as a kit? Pretty pleeease :-)

I, too, believe in using the best possible materials for projects like this. It's worth saving for or asking for the materials for a gift (like the Noro wool I got from my mother-in-law).

I will pipe in with a resounding, "Yes, I love the kit and would buy it." I haven't done a lot of counted cross stitch project (and am currently confused by directions on a kit I have), but one of my mottos is "Overcompensate with confidence what you lack in confidence." On we go!

Todd Slusar says: January 12, 2012 at 04:14 AM

I can't wait to get this pattern. I haven't been able to do much stitching at this time, but what a way to get back into it!

I don't mind if the kit's expensive! Your kits are always so reasonably priced; you can definitely get away with a smaller run of a more expensive kit at least once. I will definitely buy it--I adore it! Also, I just went to Paris on my honeymoon (ooh la la) and got a kit for a counted cross stitch tablecloth on linen that is *amazing* and this would be a great warm-up project before that. That one's gonna take foreveeeeeeeeeeer. I would love to see your instructions and tips in the kit too--I'm just finishing up your first sampler and I found the instructions really helpful and well-written :).

I totally see how you could just go on creating samplers forever. The store where I got the tablecloth pattern (Le Bonheur des Dames, very aptly named, see their website: http://www.bonheur-des-dames.biz/boutique_us/liste_rayons.cfm?code_lg=lg_us ) has so many cross-stitch samplers and I wanted to do all of them.

I would definitely be interested in purchasing a kit for the sampler!

Hello, I just today found your blog. It looks really wonderful and I love the little sampler. I think I will just go from here and enjoy your 2012 life...I did however take an couple hours and look over the past year...I am glad it's January for all of us...best of everything for this year Alicia! and yes, I love your cross stitch sampler with the really good threads. It makes it so much more worthy of the work and hours. Take care, all of you! Pam

I would love a kit. Absolutely love this sampler, I am officially raising my hand as requested.

The alphabet sampler is so beautiful! I agree with you. If I am going to spend time making something, I want to use the best materials. I would love to buy a kit for this one.

Love the sampler and would love to get the pattern!!

My first "crafting" love was always embroidery and counted cross-stitch. Everytime I see it, I want to get my stuff out and do it. This is another inspiration! Love the sampler. Might think about offering it both ways at two different prices. A pattern as a download for $X.XX and a kit for $X.XX. I know lots of people (I am one) that have lots of nice cross-stitch stuff and need to use it!!!!

I would definitely be interested in a kit! It is lovely!

That is so pretty. I love counted cross stitch, my brain goes all zen and relaxed when I stitch. Cheers from Downunder, Karen

Beautiful! When do you plan on offering the pattern for your cross stitch design? Hopefully soon, I am already looking forward to hunkering down this winter and working on it!

I love cross stitch and your sampler is lovely, very folk art I think - how cute is that little deer. I'd prefer a chart than a kit as I have all the supplies already :)

I would love to buy this kit or pattern once it's available, it's beautiful.

love your blog! so glad I discovered it.

I am finally commenting on this! Please, please, please, please, please, please make this a kit. I have been waiting so impatiently and I'm really worried I won't get one. I know that if I don't have a kit, I'll never get around to making this but I love it.

Yes Please do a kit

Dear Alicia,
I did your crewel abc sampler last year and loved it. It's hanging on the wall in my kitchen. Just today I said to a friend I was going to start collecting sampler patterns and doing them and have them all hanging in a group. I love them and your style is one of my few favorites.I am writing just to let you know that if you do more patterns, and even kits, I WILL BUY THEM. Just a little encouragement hoping you will put more out there. The WINTERWOODS is beautiful and I will be anxiously waiting for it. Thanks so much. Amy

I love the sampler which would be a good addition to the alphabet ones I've made and collect. Please offer a kit!!

Yep, bookkeeping involves a lot of organizational skills. But there's nothing like that sense of fulfillment you get once you're done with everything - much like when you finish a piece for cross stitching! Hehehe. ;)

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com